Two North Carolina ferry route schedules are affected by COVID cases and exposures this week.
At Hatteras, four employees have tested positive for the virus and three are under quarantine due to exposure, while the Currituck-Knotts Island route has one employee under quarantine.
“This latest wave of the pandemic has affected travel services nationwide, and unfortunately, we’re no exception,” said Ferry Division Director Harold Thomas. “We apologize for any inconvenience to our passengers, but health and safety have to come first.”
The Hatteras-Ocracoke route will be running the following schedule between Dec. 28 and Jan. 3:
- From Hatteras: 5 a.m., 6 a.m., 8 a.m., 9 a.m., 11 a.m., noon, 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m., 7;30 p.m., 9 p.m., 10 p.m. and midnight.
- From Ocracoke: 4:30 a.m., 6:30 a.m., 7:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 6:15 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8:45 p.m., 10:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.
The Currituck-Knotts Island route was closed Tuesday, Dec. 28, but will reopen as soon as a full crew can staff the route.
Ferry passengers are encouraged to remain in their vehicles during shorter crossings and are reminded that they must wear face coverings when inside all passenger lounges and terminals.